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      Michigan farmers plant fewer acres of corn

      Michigan farmers have reduced the amount of land they use for growing corn.

      The Detroit News reports weather and falling market prices caused farmers to start growing corn later than usual this year. Michigan's corn farming area has shrunk by about 10,000 acres to 2.24 million.

      Macomb County farmer John Rhein of Lenox Township says he went from roughly 400 to 350 acres of corn. He says the corn he planted is progressing well in the recent warm weather.

      An acre of corn in Michigan produces about 155 bushels while the national average is about 159 bushels.

      American farmers planted 91.6 million acres of corn nationally this year. That's down 4 percent from 2013.